UPDATE: 1 Romeoville Kohl's Shoplifting Suspect Shot, 2 Others Taken Into Custody: Report

Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey said shoplifting on Black Friday is nothing new—but a shooting like the one that occurred outside Kohl's is very rare.

Credit: Todd Sherman/Northern Illinois FireGround Photos
Credit: Todd Sherman/Northern Illinois FireGround Photos
One alleged shoplifting suspect attempting to flee the scene of an incident on Thanksgiving Night at a Kohl's Department store in Romeoville was shot by a Romeoville Police officer, according to a Sun-Times News Group report.

Another officer was injured and two of the three men involved in the incident—all from Joliet—were taken into custody after police received a call from store security about shoplifters at 10:10 p.m. Thursday, according to the report.

The third alleged suspect—identified as 52-year-old Charles Hinch of the 400 block of Pico Street in Joliet—was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in Bolingbrook with one gunshot wound and later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Sun-Times News Group report.

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Hinch was shot after two officers arrived on the scene and confronted 51-year-old Robert Russell, who was trying to flee from the Kohl's Department Store, located at 261 S. Weber Road in Romeoville, according to the report. The officers chased Russell and he jumped into the passenger seat of a Pontiac Sunfire, according to the report.

Russell, who resides in the 500 block of Francis Street in Joliet, closed the door of the vehicle on one officer's arm, according to the Sun-Times report. And the officer's arm was still stuck in the car's door when the driver—Hinch—pulled away, according to the report.

A second Romeoville police officer ordered the driver to stop, but the car kept moving, and the second officer fired three or four shots into the car, hitting Hinch in the left arm, according to the Sun-Times News Group report. The officer who was dragged during the wild escape attempt—his life reportedly in danger—was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.

A third man was arrested while still inside the store—28-year-old Gerald Chamberlain of the 1300 block of Englewood Avenue in Joliet—according to the report.

"This is definitely a rare occurrence," stated Romeoville Police Chief Mark Turvey in the Sun-Times News Group report. "We've had shoplifting on Black Friday, but something like this is rare."

According to Will County Sheriff's police records, Russell was charged on three counts: murder/intent to kill inure (felony), retail theft (felony) and obstructing an officer (misdemeanor). Chamberlain was charged with one felony count: theft and disposal of merchandise (less than $300; preconv.).

Shots Fired at Kohl's During Late-Night Shopping

Chip Saunders November 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM
What a class act calling the police "pigs", you would think that John M would be so grateful to be able to get internet access down in the sewer that he could come up with something better...
American Citizen December 01, 2013 at 03:11 PM
John your the ignorant one the police are just doing what they were hired to do stop crime whats your story why are you so bitter towards the police do you have a rap sheet if these thugs got away who do you think has to eat the loss the retail stores can only write off so much then they hike prices up to consumer's plus the tax payers have to feed and house these thugs in jail plus the court system cost we as tax payers have to pay for them the police spent what $8-10 in bullets they should have finished the job in my opinion
Double D 303 December 02, 2013 at 03:56 PM
John is a moron.


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